Traveller Ryan Biddulph in India

My next interview is of my friend Ryan Biddulph of New York. He is a traveller with a difference. In fact, he’s not only a traveller but also an internet marketer, someone who makes money online while travelling the world. While most of us have to do a job for a living, he makes his money while sitting on the beautiful beaches of the world. He was recently in India and he was kind enough to answer some of my questions. So here’s Ryan Biddulph’s interview.

Ryan Biddulph

Who are you and what do you?

My name is Ryan Biddulph and I teach you how to make money online at: http://cashwithatrueconscience.com/rbblog I love traveling, living the internet lifestyle, and mainly hitting tropical locations.

When did you visit India and which parts of India did you see?

I visited India from October through December in 2013. I visited Pondicherry, Bangalore, Muhamma, Kovalam and Chennai. I loved India; the people are friendly, the land is beautiful and since most people speak English I was able to connect with many more locals compared to my stays in other countries.

What was your first impression of India?

I would offer this advice for anybody visiting India: if you come from a quiet, laid back country, get ready for things to speed up! I had no issues adjusting because I am from NJ, right outside of New York City. People here move at 1000 miles per hour….but even at that, I had to turn it up a notch because things move quickly in India.

What would you advice someone travelling to India?

I would offer this advice for anybody visiting India: if you come from a quiet, laid back country, get ready for things to speed up! I had no issues adjusting because I am from NJ, right outside of New York City. People here move at 1000 miles per hour….but even at that, I had to turn it up a notch because things move quickly in India.

Did you find India hot?

Pondicherry was SUPER hot…..almost as hot as Hoi An, Vietnam, which was the hottest place I ever visited. Bangalore was not hot at all, Muhamma kinda warm, and Kovalam a little steamy. Chennai was nice, not too warm, although a bit dusty.

What souvenirs did you buy?

I bought 5 boxes of tea and a few little hand-crafted elephants, all in Kovalam. Such amazing handcrafts designed in India.

Which items would you never travel without to India?

More than anything, a VPN lol…..My Paypal was flagged many times and I needed to go online using a VPN, which makes it look like I am logging in through an American IP address, to get around the Paypal flagging as well as many blogs which flagged me, preventing me from leaving comments from an Indian IP address. So, invest 18 USD for 3 months to use a VPN service. Save yourself some serious headaches!

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Did you try Indian food and what did you think of it?

Tried it, loved it. I liked Thali the most; one restaurant in Pondicherry offered a wonderful Thali dish.

What did you think of the Indian people; honest answer please?

Loved ‘em. Each person I rented from was a doll….doll meaning an absolutely kind, generous, and beyond helpful person. I also got to meet 3 blogging buddies during my travels which was beyond incredible. So much fun!

What was your worst experience of India?

Wow….well, I took care of a week old puppy, which died in our apartment after we tried to nurse him back to health. That depressed me for a few days….but by far, the worst experience was contracting a stomach bacteria and losing 25 pounds in 2 weeks. I had to be rushed to the emergency room and receive IV fluids and antibiotics. Sickest I have EVER been in my life. I was so, so careful about where I ate but my wussy Western digestive tract could not handle the protozoa on some food I ate….and I was not able to eat food for 9 days. I am back to about 175 pounds of pure muscle now, thank The Lord, but at that time in mid November I weighed about 140 pounds and looked like I was starving. It was terrifying, scary but at the same time, enlightening, because I learned how to be truly grateful for my health, and for my appetite too!

Dogs in Pondicherry

What was your best experience of India?

Kovalam! Kelli and I loved the beach. It reminded us so much of Bali. The people are so friendly, like chatting with you on the street, even if you are a stranger, they do not think of you as a stranger. Such a slow, relaxed place of living, and the people are genuinely kind. Loved it Also, feeding the many stray dogs in Pondicherry. Kelli and I bought a big bag of dog food every day and walked down to the beach, feeding the street dogs along the way. We helped nurse a dog with horrible mange back to health. So much fun!

Did you see beggars and how did deal with them?

Yes Shalu, we actually lived in a neighborhood with MANY beggars, in Pondicherry….right by Petitte street, where many street folks lived by the canal. I gave a few of them money, but mostly smiled at them, and blessed them, in my mind, so that God would inspire them to pick themselves up, to work. I like empowering people, so unless somebody is really old, or severely disabled, I will not give them money. I believe that curses these poor folks to a life of begging. I prefer that they start selling tiny stuff on the street to make money, feel better about themselves, and offer a useful product or service to society. I have compassion for all of them though, and would sometimes sit and cry, breaking down when I saw an old man in Pondicherry sleep on the concrete behind our apartment, by the terrible smelling canal. I know what it’s like to have 4 cents to my name – i.e. 2 rupee – as I was living in poverty for many years before making money, but I never knew what it felt like to be homeless. Watching that man helped me develop compassion for all living things….and it made me realize how freaking blessed I am.

What modes of transport did you use in India? What are your thoughts on them?

Bus, tuk tuk, taxi, but mainly our feet. We walk everywhere to stay in shape. Most drivers are OK, a few were dangerous drivers, that made us smile and cringe at the same time. Overall though, it was safe to use public transport.

Please give your best tips for travelling to India?

As for best tips, I would say to be open to seeing many things you would see nowhere else. In Pondicherry men urinated everywhere; in America, we get arrested and sent to jail for doing this LOL! I also saw a number of homeless people defecating in public. I do not blame them, or have a problem with it because they have nowhere else to go….but in the same respect, it is shocking to say the least, at least for people from the West. These things are not good, or bad, just stuff to keep in mind. Be ready to meet a TON of kind, generous people, who you will become friends with, because I made friends with many awesome folks in India. Also, eat at clean restaurants only. Wash your hands with soap before eating and use forks and knives….at least us weak Westerners lol! My terrible sickness made me even more careful about where and how I eat.

Pondicherry

Finally, would you visit India again?

Yep, but I have to admit, losing 25 pounds and being 1-2 days away from death makes me a bit nervous to visit India….but I would….I would definitely visit Kovalam again, and Pondicherry. Maybe all places…..and a few trips up north too. I loved the people, the beauty and the nation overall. Really fun time!

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40 Responses to “Traveller Ryan Biddulph in India”

  1. Disha Sharma says:

    Hi Ryan Biddulph,
    Welcome to you on Shalu Sharma’s Blog. I hope this would be wonderful experience to make a trip of India as well as interview with Shalu Sharma. I wasn’t aware about you Ryan Biddulph, but with help of Shalu Sharma. I came to know about you so this is really wonderful experience to getting in touch with you :)

  2. Wholesale Nuts says:

    Hi Ryan Biddulph,
    I know you before this interview. You are a great blogger. I often visit you blog. Visiting India is a different experince. India is a country with different cultures in different states. Banglore is different from Pondicherry. Also Chennai is totally different from New Delhi.
    I suggest you to visit India with a piror training for adusting to this climate. You should visit cooler places like Himachal, Jammu and Kashmir.

  3. Thanks so much for sharing the opportunity with me Shalu!
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  4. Amit Kumar says:

    Hiii Ryan,
    At first a warm welcome to you for visiting India. you are great inspiration for all the bloggers who want to make money online. All know that your writing style and thought are completely different from other bloggers which is the most important thing.

    A special thanks to Shalu mam for sharing this amazing interview post with us.
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  5. Thanks Shalu for sharing such a nice interview of Ryan. He stands as an inspiration for many among them I am the one. I generally go through Ryan’s post that is awesome. Nice to interact.

  6. So sad about the old man sleeping on the concrete by the smelly canal. When I visited India the extremes of wealth and poverty struck me more than anywhere else I have been. It really is wrong that some people are so very rich while others, sometimes through no fualt of their own, are homeless.
    Somtimes I have given money to beggers, both here in the UK and elsewhere, but I prefer to offer to buy someone a sandwich or one lady asked for a pint of milk and I was happy it get it for her. However, it is probably better to give some money to a homeless charity than to individuals. And I’ll try and stick to that from now on.
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    • Shalu Sharma says:

      Its always heartbreaking to hear things like that. Unfortunately, there are more of that in India than anywhere else. We can only do a few things. Giving milk was a very noble thing to do.
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  7. Nirmala says:

    Nice to read your India travelling experience Ryan :)

    Thanks for sharing your worst and best experience and it is good to know your favorite Indian food.

    It was so nice to met you in Chennai, it is a memorable one!

    You are welcome to India again, so that we’ll plan to visit some good places.
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  8. P V Ariel says:

    Hi Ryan and Shalu,Its really good read the interview with a wonderful world traveler and blogger Ryan,Very interesting questions and apt answers.Nice to hear your real experience in travel.Glad to know that you really liked the people of India as well as the southern side of India, Keep visiting my friend,Good WishesHave a happy weekend.
    Philip
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    Hey, please give some title under each picture. Thanks.
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  9. Mehndi Designs says:

    Well this is just topping on the cake, an interview from a well known blogger, keep up the good work.

  10. frank joseph says:

    One word for you Ryan Biddulph- You are the Traveler blogger with a Difference! Hope to see you come down to our country some day!
    When i become a blogger with enough $$$$$, India Here I Come!!

  11. Charles says:

    Hi Shalu and Ryan,Very nice interview. Is that you Shalu in the picture? I sure would like to visit India and after reading this post It makes me want to visit more.Thanks for the great interview.Charles

  12. Prasad Np says:

    Hi Ryan: It looks you had a good Indian experience including getting sick :( Glad to know you are fine now and I am glad that the bad experience of getting sick has not dampened your spirits to come again.

    Happy Travels…
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  13. Hi Ryan, good to see you here, and welcome to Shalu’s blog :)

    I loved reading through your post and the experiences while travelling to India. I think it’s a wonderful experience, and I am sure you’d love to visit again because there’s so much more to see in this country, isn’t it?

    Sorry to hear about your illness, and I think I read of it on your FB update too. I guess that might have slowed your pace a bit, but overall- an enjoyable trip. I love Kovelam beach too, my favorite one as well. Oh yes….this country is pretty fast moving, or perhaps people are busy working with hardly any time to spare, though not in all the cities.

    I’m glad you enjoyed your trip, and thanks Shalu for getting over Ryan to share his experiences and travel adventures with us. Happy Weekend, both of you :)
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  14. Hi Rayan bro
    Wow Wow Wow Great interview bro.I enjoyed each and every line.I hope you will surely Return India Once Day
    thanks Shalu Mam For This great interview About Rayan

    Wish u success Rayan And Shalu sharma
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  15. marilyn cada says:

    this interview is absolutely very Ryan Biddulph. he always see that positive side of things and do not ponder on negative side of it . oh and i wish i will also lose 25 pounds in a week like Ryan ;) no kidding since my caesarian operation i have problems in losing weight…

    i do not have a Western digestive tract though :(

  16. Mohammed Ali says:

    Cool interview, Ryan Biddulph is great blogger and a nice guy. Thanks for sharing

  17. Vijesh says:

    Nice Interview Shalu Sharma,

    Its good to hear about India in Ryan’s words, I knew he has been in south India in Q4 of 2013 as I read it in his blog. As he is from New York he might have found it difficult with masala food, but happy to hear that he like Thali…

    I like the question about beggars, and I also liked the humbleness of Ryan for staying with them and helping them out. There are many things to learn from Ryan.

    Thanks Shalu Ji for this wonderful interview…
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  18. Nate Leung says:

    Hi Shalu,

    Ryan is a great friend of mines and I’m excited to see him here on your blog.

    To Ryan – If you are reading this buddy, keep doing what you’re doing. You’re rocking it!
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  19. Aahna says:

    Hi Shalu,

    Nice interview!! I think whenever we visit any new place, there are huge chances of having digestion problems as foods are different than what we’re used to eat. It generally happens to me whenever I visit to my village, and I have to take few medicines there before getting back in my shape. :)

  20. Ivaan says:

    Good Interview by you shalu, he got positive impression of our country. It will good for Indian Tourism :)

  21. Mr. Chris says:

    Your Travel Information is very great. if am interesting i’ll contact you

  22. Mahima says:

    Hey Shalu, thank you for sharing a very nice interview of Ryan. This post would be great inspiration for me to travel.

  23. Swaraj says:

    Good work done by you Shalu Sharma. Your work is definitely going to create interest :)

  24. Thank you Ryan Biddulph and Shalu mam for providing a nice article about various tourist places in india where me must visit
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  25. Worli says:

    I think for a pleasant and enjoyable travel to India, you should know the ideal time of visiting the country. The climate of India is mostly tropical with hot and dry summers and mild winters. Most of the places in India experience this type of climate.
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  26. pither says:

    Nice interview Shalu Sharma. Before i don’t know about India, but after read this artcle i can imagine about india country and maybe next time i visit your cauntry. Thank you for great share

    Pither
    Indonesia

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